Remembering Firecracker Day (May 24)

When I was growing up in the 1950s, Victoria Day (May 24) was known informally as Firecracker Day.

It was a highly anticipated night when families in my East London neighbourhood pooled their resources for a big after dark backyard display.

In those days, kids were also allowed to buy firecrackers by law in the weeks leading up to the 24th. They came in all shapes and sizes, but everyone’s favourite was the Cannon Cracker. Buddy’s Booth on Hamilton Road always had the best selection.

The highlight of the night was the burning of the School House. All the kids cheered with glee.

This all changed when Dominion Day became Canada Day and supplanted Victoria Day as the night for igniting major fireworks displays.

Who else remembers Firecracker Day?

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